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Left Coast Black Magic Stout - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KingG on 10-06-2007

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, oats, roasted malt and mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and caramel. It had a toasty malt flavor with a subtle bitter kick from the hops.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied, easy drinking stout.

D - This is a pretty good stout. Good balance with a nice mix of sweet chocolate and bitter hops.

Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a deep black with a 2 finger deep tan frothy head. Head quickly buubles down into a skim of tan colored small bubbles.

Smells of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, faint fruitiness, candy shop toffee, caramel, smells great.

Toasted malts, roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, kinda tart, all somewhat dissapointing after the great aroma. The flavors the aroma suggested come out quite a bit more as the beer reaches cellar temp.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, dry finish.

Drinks easy enough, but the taste doesn't live up to the build from the aroma. Tastes much better as it warms up.

Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a rich foamy head that slowly fades.Aroma is very chocolatey.Taste is cocoa,coffee and smoked malts.A very good stout,I'd probably rank this among one of the best stouts I've had in a while.Nothing negative to say about this one.Great job by Left Coast Brewing company!!

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Deep brown from the bottle, pitch black in the glass. 2-fingered mocha brown head is thick & frothy. Good retention, and left rings of lace upon descent.

A: Bakers chocolate, day-old coffee, roasted malts, and some citric hops. Wish it was more pronounced.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, slightly stale coffee flavors from the start, and begins to become more burnt-tasting as it progresses. Citrusy hops land soon afterward and swing the pendelum of flavors to the bitter side, and stays bitter from there. Alcohol is much too pronounced for only 6.7% ABV, though. Hops almost completely overpower the malt bill, which was surprising. Finish never quite achieves dryness, and features a heavy alcohol presence.

M: Full-bodied, rich, a bit syrupy and chewy.

D: This 22 went down without a problem, but probably wouldn't want another one.

Notes: This is a decent stout, but not great by any stretch of the imagination. Good, solid flavors that seem to favor the hops over the malt, which in a stout is kind of odd. Also, it gets too acrid and burnt at times, which leads to some unwanted bitterness for me. But, nonetheless decent on this particular night.

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $4.39.

Beer poured black with a slight ruby undertone. Tan head initially was two fingers and is still hanging nicely. Nose is malty with hints of mocha. Taste is of expresso and chocolate, roasted malts balanced by a dry hop alcohol warming finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than most stouts, light to mediun bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the style and quite enjoyable.

Photo of route66pubs
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, deep, dark black, with a thick, tan head from a hard pour. The head has a bubbly carbonation with a good lace on the glass.

S - Malty, bourbon-y aroma from the glass leads to a coffee-bean smell in the nose as you take the first sip.

T - Light malt flavors at the front lead to an espresso taste at the back. Very little flavor in the head, with a long flavor retention of the coffee tastes at the back that lingers well after the beer has left your mouth.

M - Very little happening as the beer crests the lips, but a nice carbonation hits the front of your tongue as the beer gets into your mouth. The back smooths out very nicely before a long, smooth finish at the back of the mouth and down the throad.

D - This is a highly enjoyable brew, with good complexity and a mellow start. It seems higher in alcohol than it actually is, which slightly lessens the drinkability feeling of it. But a highly enjoyable stout nonetheless.

Photo of drseamus
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dark brown with barely any head. Should be black.

S: It smells...awesome. Tons of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Unfortunately the taste can't match the aroma. It is really roasty initially but fades quickly. My expectations were high too.

M: Medium body...not bad at all.

D: The taste really lets it down but the smell is so good...

Photo of Vlar
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a nice chocolate black, a 1 inch layer of foam on top that dissipated in a matter of minutes.

A thick smoky smell.

You coffee aged tasted.

At first contact it is as smooth as silk and glazes the buds which quickly turns to the stout finish we expect.

Very drinkable, a favorite night cap.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on notes

Pours a red tinged mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Loads of chocolate, plus roasty malt as this warms

T: Chocolate, roasty malt & herbal hops up front. Slight licorice & chicory flavor as this warms. Finishes roasty with a bit of dryness & nice chocolate

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, a great example of the style

Photo of hops4me
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as night. No light making its way through this dark beauty. 2 fingers of a tan head that quickly falls back into the glass. Lacing is there but a little thin.

S - First thing I noticed was it wan't the normal stout smells of coffee and choc. I smelled a toasted brown sugar smell. Different but very pleasant. Moments later the traditional mocha smells come through.

T - Right up front is a little caramel sweetness and some toastedness. The middle is consumed with a roasted dryness as one would expect. Aftertaste has some unexpected hop bitterness and flavor hanging on the tongue.

M - For the alcohol it is a little lighter feeling then I thought. Not bad though because it is definitely medium bodied. No harsh alcohol heat...that I could detect anyway.

D - I really like this beer. I could have many of these. For almost being 7% it goes down quite easy.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy two inchs of milk chocolate colored head erupts atop a thick sticky jet black body. Foam has nice retention. Nose is full of fat , rich chocolate maltiness, it is sweet with a bit of zesty smokey malt in the backround. Enters the mouth with dry coffee like notes. Shortly after the wave of dark chocolate bitter grips the back of the tongue. The almost coco powder dry bitter feel holds on to the taste buds and creates an attractive mouthfeel. Fans if good very dark chocolate will really enjoy this beer. An even drinking wel balanced American stout. I am surprised more BA's havent seeked this one out and made some more reviews, it is a very good brew.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. silk-screened bottle poured to a pint glass. Picked up this bottle on a brief shopping trip to BevMo - La Mesa. Label design seems loosely based on a 'Mardi Gras/Carnival' theme - a strand of beads, a fringed mask and...a striking rattlesnake??? Back lists 2 recent GABF silver medals amongst its awards and states: "Brewed and Bottled for Oggi's by Left Coast Brewing Co, San Clemente, CA, USA".

Description also wavers a bit by calling this 'a great American Style Stout' and also 'a stronger version of a traditional Dry Irish Stout'. 6.7% ABV.

A: Pours with a billowing, frothy head at least 4-fingers high; color is a dusty tan, tinged amber, and sticks on all sides as a sparkling, thin foam. Deep ebony brown/black liquid with slivers of auburn at the edges. Opaque enough to conceal any carbonation.

S: Malty, slightly candy sweet aroma that hints at butterscotch or a caramel glaze. That's just the first whiff's impression, though - next comes a light cereal grain, barley/wheat. Traces of honey and a faint grassiness. Keep searching and a deeper, toastier malt emerges, much less sweet.

T: Roast flavor is immense, loads of chocolate bitterness and acrid coffee. Behind the bitterness lurks a sweeter, maltier side...amply barley and a touch of vanilla. It all ends quite dryly.

M: Has some carbonation prickle that mellows and becomes creamier as it crosses the tongue. Body seems to be medium, showing a little of the amped-up 'Dry Irish' side. Then the 'American' side is revealed in an all-coating velvety blanket that holds the tongue like a rich espresso or 70% cacao.

D: An intriguing stout, very flavorful and long-lasting. Good aroma and appealing look, too. Great for sipping; dessert-like. One I'd certainly have again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished ebony with slivers of dark caramel along the edges of the glass. The head had a nice 'reverse cascade' look initially, but isn't especially creamy when it finally settles. It's attractive enough, though, and is stickier than it looks.

I've been sitting here enjoying the nose from afar... and now I'm enjoying it from up close. The constellation of aromas includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, brown sugar and butter toffee. The beer smells like some of those coffee-based drinks that a few of my co-workers drink. Here's hoping it tastes as good as it smells.

Black Magic Stout tastes like it smells, but it doesn't taste as good as it smells, if that makes any sense whatsoever. I think it's because it doesn't have a rock solid roasted malt bottom end to support the less traditional stout flavors on the top end (see 'aroma' above). Not only that, but there's too much unripe fruitiness present.

One of the most interesting aspects of the beer is the interplay between sweet, bitter and sour. They're all present to a considerable extent and they struggle to achieve some sort of balance. The brown sugar-caramel-vanilla family of flavors are still as prominent as the chocolate-coffee ones. With warming, a citric hop bitterness moves from the background to the foreground.

The body/mouthfeel isn't bad for a 6.7% American stout, but I'd like to see it a fraction more full. I have no problem at all with the laid back amount of carbonation.

Left Coast Black Magic Stout doesn't make it all the way to magical. Having said that, it's still somewhat enjoyable beer. It's a pretty good effort that should appeal to those who like unconventional stouts that don't venture too far away from the tried-and-true.

Photo of ncvbc
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black, a thin tan head atop the glass that leaves some lacing. Smell is of nice light roasted malts. Chocolate comes through with less coffee. A caramel undertone in there with a subtle smoke to it. Taste is much of the same with the addition of some bitter and dry notes. Sweet chocolate up front and caramel again. Mouthfeel is pretty good except for a nagging dry/bitter finish which is a little too rough for me. Overall a fairly easy beer to drink. Interesting for sure.

Thanks to seaoflament for the bottle...

Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P : 22 FL oz. Bomber 6.7% ALC by Vol.

A: pours thick black ink, no hope of seeing anything on the other side of the glass, with an intense one finger dark caramel colored foam head that lowers to a thick cover with huge lacing.

S: Sweet molasses, dark roasted coffee and grains with a hint of alcohol vapor.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark espresso, slightly sweet-burnt caramel aftertaste.

M: Crisp, bright flavors wake up the entire mouth nothing syrupy sweet, rather a very dry bittersweet mouth feel. Well balanced with the favors slowly unfolding from start to finish.

D: Very enjoyable stout that I enjoyed from start to finish and will look for this again. .

Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the 22-ounce bottle its sets an onyx color, the head a two-fingered chocolate brown, creamy and as it ever so slowly vanishes, the lace forms a thick and surrounding sheet. Nose is full of chocolate, sweet and chewy, hops and a bit of smoke backs it up, a delectable treat for the olfactory senses. Front is rich in malt, sweet and thick, hops and burnt grain provide a delectable spicy bitterness, top is full bodied and rich. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops pleasingly spicy, a touch of warming and the aftertaste thick and dry, a stout lovers dream.

Photo of PhxHorn
2.29/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a light brown head, leaving a thin lacing. That's about all the positive stuff I can say about this one. Smells too much of carmel, and tastes mostly of vinegar with some chocolate, licorice, and coffee thrown in. But the sour vinegar taste overwhelmed everything else. It's possible this bottle was skunked or something, but it was recommended by an employee at our local place, and they usually know what they're talking about. I'm afraid I didn't care for this one at all, and couldn't finish it.

Photo of rallison
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted chocolate and dark fruits.

Tastes of smoky, roasty malts. Dark chocolate. Espresso. Touch of dark fruits and molasses. Enjoyable level of dry tartness/sourness at the end - touch acidic I'd say. Overall a relatively rich stout.

Mouthfeel is rich (quite creamy for a stout - in a nice way) but leads to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A solid stout indeed.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a big chocolate milk head that leave sheets of lacing all over. Smells tasty with toffee, coffee, caramel, and some chocolate. Taste is like french vanilla cappuccino, chocolate, a little roasty and a nice bitter hop finish. Very unique and tasty. Creamy and smooth as silk in the mouth with little carbonation. Extremely drinkable and rather tasty. Thank you sir, Ill have another.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a midnight black with a full creamy one finger tan colored head. Stickiness is pretty good, with spotty thin layers of webbing. Smell is probably one of the best I've ever sampled for the style. Very nice carmel vanilla cream coffee aroma. So sweet in the nose with a hint of smokey-ness. Taste is a sugary wood-like flavor with a bit of sweet toasted oat. A somewhat bitter taste in the finish that seems to balance this out quite well. Pretty solid malt presence from start to just before the finish. Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy with a subdued carbonation. I really like this brew. To me, this is a would fit more in the Oatmeal Stout category. I should definitely get some more of this stuff.

Photo of azdback
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep black. Head a roasted brown color, but small, maybe a quarter of an inch. Lace was minimal.

Smell- Roasted coffee, toffee, a little sweet.

Taste- About the same as the smell. Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, a bit sweet. A medium hop after...but there is a taste it took me a while to pinpoint. Buttered popcorn???? Yeah. Butter toffee? No buttered popcorn. A little out of place.

Mouth Feel- Overall good...carbonation good, alcohol good.

Drinkability- With an alcohol level in the mid sixes it drank very easily. I probably could have had my bomber down in a short time but I was having a hard time with the buttered popcorn thing. So I let it warm a bit to see if it would go away. Overall a very easy drink. Summary....Good Stout but I probably wont try this one again. There are just too many great stouts out there to enjoy and discover.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a jet black hue with a small, tan, creamy head that is mostly dissipating, thin lacing slowly creeps down the glass walls
S- Nose is of sweet roasty malts, nice blend of chocolate-over-espresso, hints of brown sugar and alcohol
T- Initial taste is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate sweetness, opens up and finishes with a bitter, dry hoppiness
M- Medium-bodied stout with a watery texture, mild carbonation
D- Very smooth and solid stout that is easy-drinking, I can see why it won a silver medal at the GABF. This is a great American Stout that is an exemplar for this genre, however it lacks any outstanding complexity or bold taste one would find in top-tier IRS's, and I doubt I would pick this up again in the future

Photo of KingG
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a sample from my sales rep. I've had this numerous times on draft. Let's see how the bottled version holds up.
Served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Completely black-colored brew with a soapy tan-colored head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell is good. Large sweet sugary malt presence. Cocoa, roasted barley, milk chocolate and cappuccino.

Taste is very good. Same as the smell but with a much larger roasted barley presence. Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream. Milk chocolate-flavored coffee. Sweet and roasty with enough bitterness in the background to keep from things going crazy.

Mouthfeel is good. Below-average carbonation. Medium-bodied. On par for the style.

Drinkability is good. I can see myself having another one. An easy drinker for a brew with this much flavor. Hitting the spot.

Overall:
Very good interpretation of the style. Glad this is in bottles now. Lacks the complexity and mouthfeel to be up there with the great ones in the style but a very good brew none-the-less. Recommended.

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Left Coast Black Magic Stout from Left Coast Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.